About Me


Katrina MacKinnon is a conductor, pianist, singer, and teacher from Saskatchewan, Canada. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in choral conducting at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. Katrina holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance (2020) from the University of Alberta. During the course of her studies in Alberta, she was awarded the prestigious SSHRC grant from the Government of Canada for her research project exploring intermediate-level piano concerti using Eastern European folk idioms. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree (2018) from McGill University and the ARCT diploma in piano performance, first class honours with distinction, from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Katrina began conducting when she was asked to be the choir director of the Newman Catholic Students’ Centre of McGill University in the autumn of 2015. This interest in conducting choirs grew as she sang in more ensembles such as the professional choir Voces Boreales, the National Youth Choir of Canada, the award-winning Madrigal Singers of the U of A, and the Schulich Singers of McGill. Moreover, in her role as an accompanist of the graduate course in choral conducting at the U of A, Katrina had the opportunity to watch conducting lessons and learn about the development of choral music. While working in Saskatoon, Katrina took on the role of artistic director of the newly-formed Melodia Singers, as well as the director of St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral Children’s Choir. The latter choir received marks of distinction in the Saskatoon Music Festival in 2023. Katrina had the pleasure of working with the Saskatoon Children’s Choir as they resumed rehearsals after an 18-month hiatus; she also conducted and taught sacred music to children at the Academy of Our Lady homeschool program in Saskatoon. In the summer of 2023, she attended the International Saito Conducting Workshop. All of these experiences led to her current path of moving to Hungary to study choral conducting in a place where choral music is sewn into the fabric of society.

Prior to moving to Budapest, Katrina ran a busy private piano studio in Saskatoon, SK. Her students received awards including gold medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Moreover, Katrina was an active pianist and accompanist in Saskatoon, whose public performances included a candlelight concert with cellist Katherine Pernal in Grande Prairie, AB; Prairie Saxophone Initiative’s summer tour 2022; and a duo piano concert with Terri-Lynn Mitchell at the Bassment. As a way of sharing her love of music and music pedagogy further, Katrina adjudicated classical music competitions for the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association. 

In her spare time, Katrina currently enjoys drinking European coffee, going to museums and concerts, and learning Hungarian folk dancing!

Work experience

Saskatoon, SK, 2020-2023


Piano Teacher, Accompanist, Conductor

Saskatchewan, 2022-2023

Saskatchewan Music Festival Association


Saskatoon, SK, Summers 2017-2019

Summer Academy for Voice and Piano


Edmonton, AB, Fall 2018-Spring 2019

University of Alberta

Choral Lab Accompanist and Theory Instructor

Montreal, QC, Winter 2016-Spring 2018

Newman Centre of McGill

Choir Director

Summary of Credentials

Katrina with her choir at the Newman Centre of McGill

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